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Barbara Niven

Barbara Niven


Barbara Niven is an actor, producer and speaker. She’s also a fierce advocate for human and animal rights. As a mother and grandmother, she knows there is nothing more important than saving this planet and all the beings that live on it.

During her acting career, she has appeared in more than 100 film and TV roles and 2500 TV and radio commercials. She also served three years on the National Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild.

For five seasons, Niven has starred opposite Treat Williams, Diane Ladd and Jesse Metcalfe in the Hallmark Channel original primetime series “Chesapeake Shores.” She has starred in the Hallmark movie original “USS Christmas,” returned for the fourth installment of Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing” in addition to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ popular “Crossword Mysteries” franchise, appearing in all installments. Niven starred with Alison Sweeney in the popular “Murder She Baked” franchise and was also in Hallmark Channel’s original primetime series “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove.” Most recently, she starred in “North to Home” for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and “The Christmas Contest,” which premiered during “Countdown to Christmas on Hallmark Channel in 2021. Her performance as Marilyn Monroe in HBO’s “The Rat Pack” continues to garner praise as “one of the top three portrayals of the blonde icon on Film & TV.”

Niven has also gained international acclaim as Hollywood’s Top Media Trainer and Video Marketing Coach. She created her Unleash Your Star Power!™ system so she could teach people how to hone their message, overcome fear and, use video and public speaking to dominate their niche.

Niven is also a celebrity speaker and best-selling author. Business and motivational topics include Unleash Your Star Power!, Be a Video Marketing Superstar, ACT As If, Live Your Dreams! And Eating Disorders and Pressures to be Perfect.

Niven is a huge animal welfare advocate and is a National Ambassador for American Humane. She presents for Hallmark Channel’s televised “American Humane American Hero Dog Awards” each year. She currently has three rescued dogs named Norma Jean, Brando and Meggy, and two rescued feral cats named George and Henry (named after her father, George Henry).

Her motto? “Live your passion, connect to your purpose, make a difference. And don’t give up five minutes before the miracle.”

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